Towards the end of 2014.

After our usual pre Christmas trip down to the South Coast where we had a mixture of weather for some beach and Downland strolls, a return, on a fine Sunday to The Lake District. However the fine weather didn't last and by late in the afternoon of Sunday 21st a gale was building up and rain had started. The rain persisted through Monday and Tuesday and as heavy showers into Wednesday, Christmas Eve. The calm and clear of early Christmas morning came as a pleasant surprise and with Ambleside quiet and deserted a stroll down to the Lake was particularly enjoyable. The fine conditions prevailed through Boxing Day and the following weekend though, much colder. The pictures below were all taken at various times and locations during the last couple of weeks of 2014

Fri Dec 19th. Something a bit different during our Christmas visit to my sister in Worthing this fine sunset from the beach.

Sat Dec 20th. And the following day with the tide out an afternoon walk on the sand with the dogs.

Tues Dec 23rd. Back home to the wet of the Lake District. It had rained all day on Monday and continued to rain throughout this walk from Grasmere to Ambleside. This "view" of Rydal Water from the Coffin Trail.

Christmas day. A fine sunny morning at Waterhead. The lake level had receded somewhat after the rain of earlier in the week but the jetties were still partly submerged.

Sat Dec 27th. Elterwater Village and Wetherlam from above Elterwater Common.

Sat Dec 27th. And from the path to High Close, a view of the Langdale Pikes and Bowfell.

Sat Dec 27th. Reflections in Loughrigg Tarn.

Sat Dec 27th. Fairfield and sunlit Rydal Hall taken on the way down to Ambleside from Loughrigg.

Sun Dec 28th.A zoom shot of the top of Wansfell from the Kirkstone Road. I would not have wanted to be up there!

Sun Dec 28th..Away from the crowds on a lesser used track above Ambleside this view of Red Screes and the Kirkstone Pass.

Sun Dec 28th. The hills of the Fairfield Horseshoe from the slopes of Wansfell..

And finally......Sun Dec 28th. This fine fellow beside the R. Rothay stayed still for long enough for us to get a few pictures before being scared off as a friend's dog approached. I hope you have enjoyed my pictures throughout 2014 and should like to wish all visitors to "Eyeonthelakes" a very happy and succesful 2015. Keep looking and keep walking, it's good for you! .

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